Wednesday, January 28, 2015

On the Road...Jekyll Island

First Annual Ladies Trip
My Aunt hosted us for our very 1st Annual Ladies Trip.
We enjoyed a fantastic, relaxing 3 day weekend at the Jekyll Island Club.

Aunt Cie got us an amazing, very appropriate, 'Girlfriend' Package.
Which included...
breakfast buffet...most amazing cheese grits
afternoon the most lovely, sun lit sitting room
in room massage for each of us
picnic lunch, beach towels, and bike rental

Jekyll Island Club is a historic hotel with beautiful grounds, great service, and one of the very few places to stay on the island.
I would recommend for a couples or ladies get-a-way.
Several dining options on property and within walking distance.
We valeted upon arrival and didn't get the car back until we departed.

It was a bit cooler than we anticipated but nevertheless enjoyable.
There is something about being by the water this is relaxing.
And something about the beach in the crowds and a quiet peacefulness.

After check in we went down for tea.
Decent selection of loose leaf teas.
Of course cute little tea snacks, my favorite...bacon and peanut butter toast square.
I've heard of the combo but never tried it. 
Excellent combo!
Note: when going to a tea, don't be a pig and limit yourself to 3 to 4 bites plate.

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The best part of tea was the beautiful light filled round room with a view
of the pool and then beyond that the river.
We got a table nestled in the middle of the room beside the fireplace.
Photo below is the room sat in for the tea....
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of course I failed to take a photo while we were inside the room.

Since we had tea at 4 and ate so many bacon and peanut butter bites
we opted for wine and appetizers on the pier.
We sat at the bar, I love sitting at a bar.
You meet people and really get a feel for the place.

Sunday we had a relaxing morning stroll.
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so many beautiful building scattered around the grounds.
Some are historic, some museums, and some for events with guestrooms.

Enjoyed breakfast in the dining room while we each took turns in the room for our massage.
We shopped around the shops on property.
Super cute.
We all got an ornaments.
My sister stocked up on various hot sauces for her man.
My aunt picked up a driftwood wreath.
And my mom got a beautiful necklace.

After we were all relaxed we picked up our picnic lunches, towels, and grabs the bikes.
We rode across the island to the beach for lunch.
Over lunch we met the cutest, most well spoken 3 year old from St. Paul, MN.
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They have tons of bike trails all across the island.
Great place for an active person.
We were not too adventurous. 
We biked back to the hotel and caught the shuttle to Driftwood Beach.

Get ready for photo overload....
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The most amazing place, Driftwood Beach.
Make a note and visit, seriously!
It's probably half mile or so of incredible driftwood.
Kids were climbing away, biking and weaving through the structures...think nature's jungle gym.
It is a kids dream playground....and mine too.
I took a million pictures on my phone and so sad I didn't have my camera.
We had no idea what to expect.

We went back to the pier for dinner again Sunday
and got to enjoy the Sunset.
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My aunt and I loved Driftwood Beach so much we went back for sunrise.
Unfortunately it was high tide so all of the driftwood was underwater.
Disappointing but also great to see such a different prospective.
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sunrise over the marsh

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as the tide went down, the driftwood appeared.
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It was so peacefully to roam around on the beach with my coffee and enjoy the beginning of the day without a soul in sight.

It was a great ending to a relaxing winter beach trip!
We are now researching for our 2nd Annual Ladies Trip.
Suggestions welcome...

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